Irena Vanenkova is a CEDR-Accredited mediator (1998) as well as holder of the MATA advanced mediation certificate. Irena holds the English Tutor Diploma of The Linguistic University in Moscow (1983), a Bachelor of Economics at the Moscow Institute of Business Studies (1997), and a Diploma in Public Relations Management at the Moscow State University (2001). Irena’s prior career included positions as Commercial Projects Manager – Russia of International Distillers & Vintners Limited (1992-97), Deputy Chief Representative – Russia of CDR International (1997-98), Public Relations Manager of IKEA Russia (1999-2006), Executive Director of International Mediation Institute (2007-2018).
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Engineering Peace - Achieving the promise of mediation in the world's most difficult conflicts
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